Contribution to Early Childhood EducationRobert Owen is known in history as a businessman of textile but his interest in education lead him to venture at New Lanark and help pioneer infant schools. Because of it, he is considered to be a great contribution to what we now recognize as community schooling method. He was known for his compassion and creating new opportunity for his workers. His contributions went beyond the four factories. He was a firm believer in creating the right environment to help develop rational, good humane people and believed people were corrupted by the harsh way they were treated. He also did not believe in physical punishment in schools and factories. He created a school in New Lanark where around 2,000 people lived in. He was a firm believer that education was a big part of the type of people he wanted to develop. The greatest lessons owen wished for the kids was that “life may be enjoyed and that each may make his own happiness consistent with that of all the other”. Margarete Cole was interested in Robert Owens educational ideas that things should be natural and spontaneous, and that the children should enjoy it. He believed in a open setting classroom. He forbade any type of punishment or harsh words, implemented civics, environment, dancing, music, drill. He focused on things that were practical and relevant. In his institution people would be able to visualize and learn about the Lancastrian plan form for desks. He is a great example of the school system we have now with his belief of not physically or verbally abusing children. Instead, to always to speak to them with a pleasant voice and in a kind manner for better results. Although Robert Owen’s childhood was harsh and trying, he did not let that keep him down. He used his experiences as a foundation for building schools and businesses that promote healthy environments for life long learners. His ideals set forth the belief that education molds a person’s character. In a time where young children were uneducated and working for a living, Owen provided opportunities for progress and success.